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My Love Affair

7 Comments 27 July 2010

My Love Affair

I’ve been having a love affair for years now.  The salt, the spice, the flavor, the passion…  And with such an intensity that it’s too much for me to resist.  I love tortilla chips, and apparently they really love me.  They love me so much that they keep enticing me even after I’ve told them that I’ve had plenty.

I think this love started back in high school.  Pool parties at Ann Marie’s just weren’t complete without Cool Ranch Tortilla Chips and Diet Coke.  And then it continued through the college years as I graduated to chips and salsa while looking googly-eyed across the table at Chili’s at my intended.  And there was no turning back when a simple margarita, three baskets of the light, tasty, perfectly-salted, crispy wonders at Cozymel, and a walk home, hand-in-hand, would carry the two lovebirds through the most valuable cheap date ever imagined.

And then we found out about gluten.

Now I’m much pickier about my tortilla chips.  No longer can I enjoy a basket of tortilla chips at any restaurant.  In one out of 100 restaurants, there just might happen to be one that will have a dedicated gluten-free fryer — a fryer in which breaded chicken or other gluteny appetizers are not fried.  That kind of restaurant just rekindles the forbidden love.

But the Husband and I usually enjoy our tortilla chips at home where I can read the labels.  I love Garden of Eatin’s Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.

First of all, I can pronounce all THREE ingredients on the label.  Secondly, they support a huge scoop of chunky salsa.  Thirdly, they’re just out-of-this-world delicious.

Last week, while on vacation, I had the munchies and perused the pantry for something out of the ordinary, that I hadn’t brought, that just might happen to be gluten-free, that would quell a craving.  That’s quite a tall order.  After passing over the glutenous Oreos, 100 calorie snack packs, graham crackers, and Ritz crackers, my eyes were drawn to the Tortilla Chips.  Not just any tortilla chips, but tortilla chips with a hint of lime.  I just love the flavor of lime.  Might they possibly be gluten-free?  Even though I had to read through more ingredients than usual, I didn’t see any buzz words that would make me fear gluten.

And, later, I checked the website.  TOSTITOS® Restaurant Style with a Hint of Lime Flavor Tortilla Chips ARE gluten-free.  Check the list of FritoLay gluten-free products here.  Just click on “Products Not Containing Gluten Ingredients” and see all of the PROCESSED foods that you can eat without the fear of gluten contamination.

They were tasty.  They hit the spot.  But they were definitely synthetic.  But, hey, I was on vacation.  A little indulgence on vacation is allowed, right?

Later that day, I took another look at the nutritional facts and absolutely FREAKED out.  I had just eaten monosodium glutamate (MSG), and I can’t remember the last time I’d eaten such a heinous ingredient.

I’ve read that “MSG works by making your brain believe the food you are eating tastes good. This allows manufacturers to save money by using poor quality, nutrient deficient products.”

And anything that is designed to fool the brain for corporate reasons can NOT be good for your health.

I hate MSG.  It made my mother sick every time she ate it in the 70’s and 80’s.  We didn’t know why at the time.  We just thought that Chinese food didn’t agree with her.  It could have been the fact that Chinese food was laden with MSG, and that MSG was once made from wheat gluten, and she has since learned that she’s gluten intolerant.

Or it could be that MSG is just pure evil.

I hate even the THOUGHT of MSG.  Even though it is currently “acceptable” for celiacs following a gluten-free diet, because it is now mostly made from bacterial fermentation, I just don’t trust it.

I hate the thought that I ingested MSG, even that once.

I hate the thought that MSG STILL EXISTS is our world of over-processed foods.

And in a moment of weakness, I hate that I skimmed right over the label and missed it.

Sometimes love can make you act before you think.

But I have to admit, that I really liked the taste of tortilla chips with lime flavor.

That’s what inspired my baking endeavor this evening.  I love lime, I LOVE tortilla chips, and I love anything spicy.

The love affair continues.

Because I can now make my own tortilla chips any time I want.

Slice a package of corn tortillas into wedges and spread them out over several baking sheets.  I sliced each tortilla into 6 pieces.

Brush grapeseed oil on the tortilla wedges, squeeze the juice of one lime over them, and season with a mixture of sea salt, pepper, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.

Flip the tortilla chips, repeat the oil brushing, lime drizzling, and seasoning sprinkling, and place the tray into an oven heated to 350.  Cook for 7 minutes and flip.  Then continue baking for 5-7 more minutes.

Cool and serve with any of the amazing Mexican meals that you can imagine.  Or just scoop a chunky bit of salsa, and enjoy the love affair.

Spicy Tortilla Chips
by Heather


  • 1 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of chili powder
  • ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp of lime zest
  • 1 package of corn tortillas


1.  Slice a package of corn tortillas into 6 wedges and spread them out over several baking sheets.

2.  Mix together sea salt, pepper, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.

3.  Brush grapeseed oil on the tortilla wedges, squeeze the juice of one lime over them, and season with part of the spice mixture.

4.  Flip the tortilla chips, repeat the oil brushing, lime drizzling, and seasoning sprinkling.

5.  Place the tray into an oven heated to 350 and bake for 7 minutes.

6.  Flip chips and continue baking for 5-7 more minutes.

7.  Cool and serve with any of the amazing Mexican meals that you can imagine.  Or just scoop a chunky bit of salsa, and enjoy the love affair.

Your Comments

7 Comments so far

  1. AnnMarie says:

    I made you blog! ;o) Love tortilla chips and salsa as well . . . hadn’t realized how easy it is to make your own; I may have to give it a try! You rock! hugs

    • Heather says:

      Some of my best high school memories took place at your house. Of COURSE you’d “make” my blog! Hugs back!

      • AnnMarie says:

        >>wiping my eyes<< It was a great time we had in HS!!! Fun times and chem/physic partners too! Good times, good memories, good friend! ;o)

  2. Melissa says:

    Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been making my own tortillas and hand-rolling them. It takes a little work, but the taste of them is so much better than any of the packaged ones I’ve found. Maybe I’ll make another batch soon and turn them into these chips! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Kelli says:

    Hi Heather, I’d love to know what brand of corn tortillas you use to make the chips? I haven’t been able to find one that isn’t full of preservatives. I’d rather bake them in the oven, but because of all the “nasties” in the local grocer’s tortillas, I find myself buying the Costco organic chips (even though they are fried).

    • Heather says:

      Kelli, I’ve used Food for Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas in the past. Their only ingredients are Organic Sprouted Corn, Filtered Water, Sea Salt, and Lime. BUT I’ve also heard that there could be cross contamination issues with gluten with this company. I personally have never had a reaction using their products.

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I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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